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Memoirs top the non-fiction best selling lists and memoir writing courses are bursting at the seams.

Ian McMillan goes in search of how to write a memoir. He meets Helena Drysdale - a memoirist who teaches the skill, and Helena Tym who decided to write her memoir ' Chin up, Head down,' after her son was killed in Afghanistan.

Writers from the Ty Newydd writers centre in Wales talk about starting their memoirs, and Ian encourages Radio 4 listeners to stop whatever they're doing, and put down the first words of their own .

Producer: Janet Graves
A Pennine production for BBC Radio 4.

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